DC Government: OPM Trumps Local Law on Congressional Health Care
JANUARY 08, 2015
In October 2014, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit to obtain more information from the federal government on how members of Congress and their staff are illegally enrolling in Obamacare’s D.C. Small Business Health Option Program. DC law classifies a small business as having 50 or fewer employees, and Congress has essentially claimed it can fit this classification. Although the DC government admitted Congress is not recognized as a small business under local law, it said federal regulations trump DC’s laws pertaining to Obamacare. Consequentially, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which ruled Congress can participate in this exchange, said members of Congress and their staff can keep their subsidies they acquired through it. So far, over 12,000 members of Congress and their staff have obtained subsidies through this exchange. Read more about the status of Judicial Watch’s FOIA lawsuit on this corruption here.
Tom Fitton’s commentary on this issue is certainly on point:
“It may be a surprise to D.C. taxpayers that their government thinks a federal bureaucrat can rewrite both D.C. and federal law,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a release Wednesday. “Members of Congress are relying on fraudulent application information to obtain insurance in D.C. under Obamacare.”